Japan not to revise ‘Kono statement’ on wartime sex slavery

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Japan will not revise its 1993 official apology over wartime sex slavery, known as the “Kono statement,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told.

The Japanese government has shown readiness to reexamine the testimonies of former Korean sex slaves who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels, which were the basis of the statement, named after then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, after a former senior official told parliament last month that the government at the time did not verify the victims’ remarks.

The move has drawn criticism, with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se telling the UN Human Rights Council last week, “This is an added insult to the honor and dignity of the victims.”

Suga said today that while Japan is not thinking about revising the Kono statement itself, it will examine how the statement was compiled.

Women from Korea, China, and other occupied territories were kidnapped and abducted to serve as sex slaves in Japanese army’s camps during World War II.

For three years of service, on an average, a comfort girl was raped 7,500 times, reports United Nations Commissions on Human Rights.